Current planning legislation allows the building of fences and walls without the need to apply for planning permission. However, the height and positioning of such structures is limited to the following:
a) a wall or fence which is built adjacent to a highway (which includes the footpath) should not exceed 1 metre (approximately 3ft 3 ins) in height.
b) in other cases a wall or fence should not exceed 2 metres (approximately 6ft 6ins) in height
Where a wall or fence is higher than the above permitted limits, planning permission is normally required. However, the height limits are not necessarily enforced rigidly. Clearly, in domestic situations, a common sense approach has to be applied. We will not normally take any action where, for example, a fence is erected only 15cm (6ins) or so above the permitted height or perhaps where a plant support trellis has been added which increases the height above the prescribed limits.
We will only consider taking matters further where the height limits have been exceeded significantly and where there is a notable detrimental effect on the outlook or amenities of neighbours. You should bear in mind that regrettably, if a fence is within the permitted limits, we are prevented from taking action even if you object to it.
If the fence or wall to which you have referred does not fall within the above limits and the effect on you is significant, you are asked to put your complaint in writing. You should give an indication of the location of the fence (draw a rough plan if you can) and its height and state why you consider the fence or wall to be unacceptable.
Please note that boundary disputes can occur where a neighbour erects a fence or wall, within the permitted limits on land not in his/her ownership. This is a private matter between those concerned and we cannot get involved.
Current planning legislation does not convey any controls over trees, shrubs, hedges or other plants other than trees subject to a protection order or within a Conservation area. Again this is a civil matter and not something we can help you with.
Your complaint must be put in writing unless there are exceptional circumstances as to why you cannot do so. All letters are treated in the strictest of confidence and your identity will not, under any circumstances, be disclosed without your express permission.